Trouble in his first pit-stop affects the rest of his race
Hockenheim, July 31st 2016.- The German Grand Prix came to a bittersweet conclusion today as Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Toro Rosso took the chequered flag in 14th place. Despite Carlos' great start and multiple overtaking maneuvers, it was a tough fight. He had a troubled first pit-stop, in Lap 10, and that sent him back to the 15th spot. He was then stuck within traffic and he could only manage to go one step further ahead before the finish line.
Carlos took the start on supersoft tyres, as the vast majority of his rivals, and moved three spots in the start before settling in 12th position. He put pressure on Williams' Felipe Massa and finally overtook it at the braking zone of the hairpin. He was eleventh at that time, just a step away from the points, where Fernando Alonso was running.
From the very beginning of the race, it was noticed that the wear ratio of the supersoft tyre was quite high. For this, the majority of the grid followed a three-stop strategy. In Carlos case, his first stop came at Lap 10 but it costed him seven seconds more than expected, and as such he rejoined in 19th place.
Carlos stretched his second set of supersofts until Lap 30, when he came in again for the softs, which was the mandatory compound all drivers had to use at this event. He had reached 12th position, but fell back to 15th after visiting the Pit-Lane. His third stint lasted 23 laps and he entered the pits for a last time, this time on an old set of supersofts. He overtook Renault's Kevin Magnussen.
As some os his rivals, the Toro Rosso struggled with fuel consumption, which was close to the 100 kilos limit described in the rulebook. But finally that wasn't an issue to finish the race.
After stepping out of his STR11, the driver expressed his thoughts over the first half of the season. "Today's race was tough, but that helps us realize how well we've been before. I have 30 points, which are already 12 more than the scored over last year, but there are still nine more races to make the most out of our options. We know it's going to be tough, as we have no engine development, but for sure we will give it our very best".
Regarding today's race, trouble in pits leaved him with no options to score points: "I'm not happy at all. I think we did a good start, and so were the first laps. I was in the fight for points since the beginning, but after that stop we lost seven or eight seconds and that was hard to take. From then on, we fell to the fight for the 15th spot and we couldn't get out of that group".
The problem in pits happened just after overtaking Felipe Massa's Williams at the hairpin. "It's a shame, because we had spent three or four laps trying to overtake a Williams and just when we got it, we did the stop and rejoined three or four seconds behind it. It's a shame, because it was our one and only opportunity to be in the fight for points today".
Elite sports-man also deserve a good break and Carlos also discussed about his summer holidays. "I will try to enjoy, relax a bit and come back stronger than ever, because we're going to need that for the second half of the season. We will give our very best, both the team and myself, because the car is more in a clear disadvantage".
The Formula One world starts now its summer break, which will conclude in four weeks’ time with the Belgian Grand Prix, between August 26th and 28th at the all-time famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit. As usual, we will come back and follow it via www.carlosainz.es and our Twitter account @carlosainzinfo.